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Old 16. Apr 2009, 07:39 PM   #51 (permalink)
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You have got to laugh or you will go totally mad. Oops I am there already!! The problem (I should turn this into a Blog) I found out by searching around is that it has something to do with USB. So I could only take out my USB PCI card as my mouse, keyboard and everything else is only USB. So I did get to the loading stage this time, only to find it had disabled all my USB hardware. So no mouse, no keyboard. Ha, ha, ha, ha I am destined to have problems one way or another!! What are the odds now? Will I get a stable 64bit Linux or Unix OS going on my computer?????

I shall have to wait until next month now as all this downloading and wasting disks, electricity and bandwidth leaves no room to download anything else. Or, should I simply just give in and accept at this stage nothing other than WinXP will be stable and keep going without all these headaches?

Knowing me I am sucker for punishment, but I have time to think about it.

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Old 17. Apr 2009, 07:18 AM   #52 (permalink)
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Anyway BK, stop sitting on the side lines and get your feet wet. It shouldn't just be me getting the frustration here, I love to share it
I'm not sitting on the side lines (OK, maybe a little) but I have my reasons. First of all, Puppy works great despite the limited number of things you can do with it. Secondly, the computer I'm currently using has only 60GB storage in my hard disk with 512MB RAM and I've used more that 45GB so not much space for a full Linux install. Finally, I've been downloading SimpleMEPIS for the past few days using FDM and their resume support (so I don't need to download it in one go and I can split them so I download a little everyday).

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Will I get a stable 64bit Linux or Unix OS going on my computer?????

I shall have to wait until next month now as all this downloading and wasting disks, electricity and bandwidth leaves no room to download anything else. Or, should I simply just give in and accept at this stage nothing other than WinXP will be stable and keep going without all these headaches?
You should limit yourself to one Linux or Unix OS a month like me as it takes up plenty of bandwidth. Whatever you do, don't give up (unless you really want to), keep trying. You'll eventually find a perfectly stable 64bit Linux or Unix OS soon.
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Old 17. Apr 2009, 09:18 AM   #53 (permalink)
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I'm not sitting on the side lines (OK, maybe a little) but I have my reasons. First of all, Puppy works great despite the limited number of things you can do with it. Secondly, the computer I'm currently using has only 60GB storage in my hard disk with 512MB RAM and I've used more that 45GB so not much space for a full Linux install. Finally, I've been downloading SimpleMEPIS for the past few days using FDM and their resume support (so I don't need to download it in one go and I can split them so I download a little everyday)..
Its a shame you are not near here I would have given you an extra hard drive or even a computer with plenty of memory etc. The reason is I run a village photo club and they are only interested in snapping really and a social occasion They voted with their feet last month and only 4 came and I know 2 did reluctantly. It was a struggle teaching them and so I have decided to wipe the disks clean and get rid of them on Freecycle. In fact thats a good way to upgrade your computer just look for bits or ask for items on Freecycle. Its all over the UK and the USA.
http://www.freecycle.org/
A great way to get your computer bits without costing anything. After all the bits would only go to land fill. I have collected 5 computers and loads of bits and slowly put them together. I put Linux mint on and teach Gimp, but I did find, to make up computers you were sometimes lucky to get a good computer all together and nothing to add, or just collect bits and add to your existing one. That may mean getting whole computers and stripping them down. Or, you could just get and do up a computer and use it purely for Linux, but that means extra space and extra electricty

Yesterday I collected a 19" monitor and a box of hard drives, an external hard drive (but one that takes hard drives and you slide them in), cables and loads of other items. Some unfortunately are a bit to bad and will have to go to recycling tip. Other things I have had are my TV, music centre, Video, bench drill, band saw, have a complete asparagus bed, vacuum cleaner and I have lost count what else. But people would have just chucked these away. Now recycled and fully in use and you can put a WANTED on for your hard drive. I would say though people are getting a bit wary and think you can access there info (which you can) but use a free disk cleaner and they will be safe. They are getting a sledge hammer to them instead. I suppose if you know nothing of the ins and outs of computer that would be the first thing that you would do.

Let us know if you are successful.

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Old 18. Apr 2009, 09:52 AM   #54 (permalink)
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I'm still downloading MEPIS as I type this post, downloaded about 350MB so far out of 680MB, so it's going to take a while, hope you don't mind waiting. I predict that if I keep it at this pace, the download will probably be completed sometime on Wednesday or maybe sooner?

In the meantime, I'm thinking of freeing some space from my hard drive as there are plenty of files that I don't think I'll still need anymore. Hopefully then, I can create another partition or so for MEPIS. I also need to backup some important files before installing MEPIS just in case anything goes wrong or something.
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I'm still downloading MEPIS as I type this post, downloaded about 350MB so far out of 680MB, so it's going to take a while, hope you don't mind waiting. I predict that if I keep it at this pace, the download will probably be completed sometime on Wednesday or maybe sooner?

In the meantime, I'm thinking of freeing some space from my hard drive as there are plenty of files that I don't think I'll still need anymore. Hopefully then, I can create another partition or so for MEPIS. I also need to backup some important files before installing MEPIS just in case anything goes wrong or something.

Good luck BK. Shame you can't get someone to download if for you.

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OK, here's an update on my download progress: 470MB out of 680MB. I know, it's slow but you have to know that I only download about 3~6Hrs a day. One more thing Tony, did you install GRUB or any other bootloader while installing MEPIS or any other Linux distros? Just wondering.
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OK, here's an update on my download progress: 470MB out of 680MB. I know, it's slow but you have to know that I only download about 3~6Hrs a day. One more thing Tony, did you install GRUB or any other bootloader while installing MEPIS or any other Linux distros? Just wondering.
You load boat loader on your Windows partition sa1 (which is where you Windows would be). I believe there are other ways to do it, but I leave that to the experts. KISS Keep it simple stupid. That analogy is sometimes forgotten.
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Run Ubuntu from widows as described on this thread

Its called portable Ubuntu and it works!
I believe it will works best if installed on windows. I however put it on my usb stick so I can show it off to my friends.

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Well, here's another update: 590MB out of 680MB. If it continues like this, I'll probably get MEPIS by tomorrow. Hopefully if all goes well I'll be able to install it then but before that I have to do a disk partition first... "be patient and wait till tomorrow", that what I told myself but it feels more like "I CAN'T WAIT ANY LONGER!!! I'VE GOT TO HAVE IT NOW!!!". Yeah, I'm getting impatient.
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Well, here's another update: 590MB out of 680MB. If it continues like this, I'll probably get MEPIS by tomorrow. Hopefully if all goes well I'll be able to install it then but before that I have to do a disk partition first... "be patient and wait till tomorrow", that what I told myself but it feels more like "I CAN'T WAIT ANY LONGER!!! I'VE GOT TO HAVE IT NOW!!!". Yeah, I'm getting impatient.
I admire your patients, but wouldn't it have been easier to get a mate to download it for you. I have an excuse as my nearest neighbours or a mile away and they have no idea on downloading etc, plus most still are on dial up. They have been putting broadband access lately in these Welsh hills and mountains.

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